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ACB issues restraint order on Charles Mchacha

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Reyneck Matemba

By Wezzie Gausi:

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has put a restriction order on a piece of land former Cabinet minister Charles Mchacha bought from the Ministry of Lands at Kanjedza in Blantyre.

ACB Director-General Reyneck Matemba said they have issued the restriction order after a tip-off that the land was not properly acquired.

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Matemba said the restriction order was also served to the Commissioner for Lands for the Southern Region.

“This is just a restriction to Mchacha to halt any plans of developing the land as the ACB is still investigating how he acquired it. After the investigations are over, we will tell the nation the outcome,” Matemba said.

Our sister newspaper Malawi News recently revealed that chairperson for the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Gift Trapence wrote the graft-busting body on issues concerning the said piece of land.

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In its letter dated August 5, 2020, HRDC said it had received information that plot LW 1366 at Limbe West, Kanjedza Forest in Blantyre was awarded to Mchacha by then Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara on June 14, 2019.

According to Trapence, HRDC had information that at the time the plot was being given to Mchacha there was no Cabinet.

HRDC letter dated August 10, 2020, indicated that such an approval was supposed to be done by the Minister of Lands and not by the Chief Secretary.

“We wonder in what capacity the Chief Secretary was doing this and we appeal to ACB to commence the investigations as soon as possible and that the anti-corruption body will update the nation when the investigations have started,” reads the letter.

Former Minister of Lands Simon Vuwa Kaunda said he never authorised the sale of land to Mchacha, who is Democratic Progressive Party Regional Governor for the South.

Kaunda said at the time the land was being sold he was not a minister and he could not have authorised the sale.

Efforts to talk to Mchacha proved futile as his phone went unanswered.

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